(submitted article) The Ocean Pines Golf Members’ Council made donations of $1700 to Diakonia and $1300 to the Worcester County Humane Society. These funds came from the 13th Annual Ernie Stiles’ Bavarian Hops Match held in July.
Ernie Stiles, an Ocean Pines Life Member, created and ran this 9-hole scramble on his own for its first eleven years. Ernie wanted it to be a fun afternoon of golf that would support local charities. In 2017 Ernie was diagnosed with cancer and was unable to run the event on his own; The Ocean Pines Golf Membership stepped in to help, and the Ernie Stiles’ Bavarian Hops Match is now one of its regular events.
In 2017, donations were made to cancer research in Ernie’s name and to ALS research in honor of Chuck Shelton, a fellow Life Member who was battling that disease. Ernie and Chuck both passed away this past spring. The Golf Membership and Golf Members’ Council continues to host Ernie’s match and decided to again support local charities in the manner Ernie originally intended.